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Basketball star to run for legislature

The China Post news staff --Women's pro basketball star Chien Wei-chuan decided yesterday to join the upcoming legislative election in next January as a candidate of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in New Taipei City.

Accompanied by incumbent KMT lawmaker Huang Chih-hsiung and former legislator Cheng Chih-lung and her mother, Chien held a press conference at the basketball court on the Luzhou campus of the National Open University.

Huang is an Olympic medal winner in taekwondo and Cheng a former basketball star.

A master of ceremony told reporters that Chien would run on the KMT ticket if she could score five times in 10 throws.

She decided to accept the drafting of the KMT to take part in the race after scoring with seven of the 10 balls she threw at the hoop, sinking five 2-point goals and two 3-pointers.

Uphill Battle

Chien will fight for the legislative seat representing the Luzhou and Wugu districts of New Taipei City, facing an uphill battle against incumbent Legislator Lin Shu-fen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

She said she grew up on the sport field after beginning a basketball career at young age. Joining the race is one way of paying back to the Cathay Life Insurance Group and many other supporters who have taken good care of her for so many years, she said.

Chien, who is also known as Rosa Chien, just retired last month after long careers with the Cathay Life Insurance team in the Women's Super Basketball League (WSBL) and the national basketball team.

  Chien said Luzhou has long been a DPP stronghold and she will face a tough challenge in the election like a sport competition, but the outcome would be much sweeter if she is able to win the election with the assistance from friends and supporters, said Chien.

Baseball Star

The DPP has been soliciting the participation of Chao Shih-chiang, a former star baseball player in the Taiwan Major League (TML), to run for a seat in the Da'an District in Taipei.

Hung Yao-fu, DPP deputy secretary-general, said Chao has shown keen interest in running on the DPP ticket but he is still discussing the plan with family and has no firm decision yet.

Meanwhile, KMT legislator Lee Hung-chun will face the challenge from Xinzhuang administrator Hsu Bing-kun for the KMT nomination representing the constituents of Xinzhuang District.

Lee said he and Hsu have been close friends for more than three decades. But he will still face the challenge in the KMT primary.

The Lee-Hsu duel was set after Hsu refused to give up his pursuit of the KMT nomination.

Lee, who has served in the Legislative Yuan for 10 years, stressed that the primary will determine if the voters will continue backing lawmakers who have dedicated their services with professional knowledge.

Lee promised to give unreserved support to Hsu if Lee is defeated in the primary.

The primary is set for June 4 in the form of objective public opinion surveys by opinion pollsters retained by the KMT.

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 Basketball star to run for legislature 
Popular women's pro basketball star Chien Wei-chuan, left, announces her decision to take part in the legislative race as a candidate of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in New Taipei City yesterday. Chien's decision will pit her against incumbent DPP lawmaker Lin Shu-fen, who is seeking reelection to represent constituents in the Luzhou and Wugu districts next January.

(CNA)

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